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What are your responsibilities toward others?

I Timothy 5:1–5:4
Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty. (Stanislaw J. Lee). … Read more

The rewards of meditation

I Timothy 4:11–4:16
My father would not have been particularly interested in a book about fathering, although he did like to read. One day when he was reading in the living room, my brother and I decided we could play basketball without breaking anything. When I took a shot that redesigned the glass … Read more

False teachers are a threat to the Church

I Timothy 4:1–4:5
Anton LaVey, who founded the Church of Satan, died Oct. 29 of heart failure at age 67. His daughter, Karla, and girlfriend Blanche Barton kept LaVey’s death a secret for a week so as not to disturb followers during the church’s most important holiday, Halloween, according to news … Read more

One of life’s greatest needs

I Timothy 4:6–4:10
Nothing disciplines the inordinate desires of the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hiddenness. The flesh whines against service but screams against hidden service. It strains and pulls for honor and recognition. It will devise su … Read more

Who we are, what we believe and how we behave

I Timothy 3:14–3:16
A civilian defense official, drawing up plans for billeting space in his city in case of a bomb attack, asked the pastor of a large church how many people could sleep in the church building. “I don’t know,” replied the pastor, “but we sleep 1400 every Sunday … Read more

The qualifications for a deacon

I Timothy 3:8–3:13
An old deacon who used to pray every Wednesday night at prayer meeting always concluded his prayer the same way: “And, Lord, clean all the cobwebs out of my life.” The cobwebs were those things that ought not to have been there, but had gathered during the week. It got … Read more

The qualifications for a pastor

I Timothy 3:1–3:7
Fourteen qualifications are given for pastors (“Bishop”, “pastor” and “elder” are synonymous).blameless - free of accusation; nothing in his life that unbelievers could use to attack (v. 2). husband of one wife - a “one-woman man” ( … Read more

The place of women in the Church

I Timothy 2:9–2:15
Someone has said that the definition of submission in marriage is the wife ducking out of the way so that God can hit the husband when he needs discipline. (Source unknown). … Read more

The priorities of prayer

I Timothy 2:1–2:8
A noted clergyman was asked by a colleague why the loud, vehement praying of his earlier days had given way to a more quiet, persuasive manner of speech. The man laughed. “When I was young,” he said, “I thought it was the thunder that killed people, but when I grew … Read more

Can a person be forgiven for murder?

I Timothy 1:12–1:14
General Oglethorpe once said to John Wesley, “I never forgive and I never forget.” To which Wesley replied, “Then, Sir, I hope you never sin.” (Source unknown). … Read more

Like it or not we are in warfare

I Timothy 1:18–1:20
It is sometimes helpful to pick out certain verses of a biblical passage which summarize in concise terms what the passage is all about. The phrase that, perhaps, best summarizes this entire letter is “Wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience” (vv. 1 … Read more

Don’t Let False Teaching Deceive You!

I Timothy 1:1–1:7
In his book ‘Be Faithful’ Warren Wiersbe comments that “it is unfortunate today that we not only have ’vain jangling’ (’meaningless talk,’) in teaching and preaching, but also in music. Far too many songs not only teach no doctrine, but m … Read more

The law reveals sin but doesn’t take it away

I Timothy 1:8–1:11
At the heart of the Jewish Law was the ten commandments. Yet apparently, as dogmatic as these false teachers were, they really didn’t understand God’s law. God’s law is like a medicine prescribed by our doctor. If we use the medicine the way its prescribed, it w … Read more

The People Remember How they have Suffered

Lamentations 5:1–5:6
This entire chapter is a prayer composed of two sections. The first part is a call for God to remember their condition (vv. 1-18). This also includes a confession of sin. After this is a call for God to restore Judah (vv. 19-22). In context this is a call to restore both the land … Read more

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